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Monday, December 22, 2014

Oh, what a Christmas


Last week. For Judy.


Rain on the lens.


The seat of Illinois government shrouded in fog.

* AP: Blagojevich brother: I was used as ‘pawn’ to get then-governor:

The brother of imprisoned former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that prosecutors tried to use him as a pawn to get his younger sibling on charges he sought to sell or trade an appointment to President Barack Obama’s vacated U.S. Senate seat.
While charges were eventually dropped against him, Robert Blagojevich, a 59-year-old Tennessee businessman, writes that his refusal to turn on his brother made him “collateral damage” of an overzealous prosecution that cost him his reputation, nearly $1 million in legal bills and a still unrepaired split in the Blagojevich family.
The publisher gave The Associated Press an advance copy of the book, which is titled “Fundraiser A” and set for an April release. Robert, a Republican, agreed to work as chief fundraiser for his brother, a Democrat, in mid-2008 after accepting Rod’s assurances - naively, he writes - that he wasn’t under investigation. An initial complaint unsealed after the then-governor’s arrest on Dec. 9, 2008, referred to Robert only as “Fundraiser A.”

I always thought that Rod wanted Rob, his older, straight-shooting, Republican, former military officer, successful businessman brother, on his campaign to add a level of legitimacy to Rod's political career that he couldn't get from anyone else. Even though Rod was running for re-election (and he did win), the rumblings of a federal investigation were already out there. Subpoenas had been served. To have Rob by his side was, perhaps, part of Rod's delusion that everything was going to be okay.

And this is the most heart-breaking part:

The brothers’ relationship remains “completely broken,” the book says. Robert in 2012 traveled to the Colorado prison where Rod began serving a 14-year sentence after being convicted at a 2011 retrial, but he says Rod refused to see him.

Rod's got no reason to hold anything against his brother. I'm guessing, if he has half a conscience, Rod is completely embarrassed and ashamed of everything he put his brother through. I hope that someday they can mend their relationship and be re-united and bonded as brothers. As survivors.

Whatever happens, we will never stop talking about this. We will never stop trying to understand the mind of Rod Blagojevich.

* To have the blues. (Charles Brown.)

Posted by Marie at December 22, 2014 10:14 PM